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“Beautiful, stunning experience for everyone”

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 270 acres of shorefront in mid-coast Maine. Strolling through spectacular ornamental gardens and traversing miles of waterfront and woodland trails, visitors are delighted by the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views. It's no wonder the Gardens have been hailed as one of Maine's top three attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 April 15 - October 31 (open until 6 pm in July and August). There is a cafe and gift shop on site. A visit at any time is a memorable experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit the Maine Botanical Gardens outside Boothbay Harbor over the July 4 weekend and have to say it was huge, beautiful and well-kept -- definitely worth a lengthy visit. This garden covers several hundred acres and features wide plant and tree variety. The rhododendron garden, with its perennials and breathtaking water falls, is worth the extra walking effort to see and enjoy. We can't speak to how it might look in January, but in July it for sure is not only worth the trip, but worth the admission. Go.

Thank Wyomite
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We were there on a 90+ degree day so definitely recommend taking bottled water with you. The grounds were beautifully manicured, however, majority of plants hadn't bloomed yet...needed another couple of weeks and some rain. The map doesn't match up with the grounds, nor is the signage good. The cafe served excellently healthy food and was the best part of the visit.

Thank Tamara B
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

This is a fun and beautiful place to spend some time. There are really interesting programs for young kids (fairy-house building, bug detection, chicken feeding, etc) and gorgeous walks, a lovely cafe which sells wine and beer (I had two cups of the delicious non-diary butternut squash soup) and a great gift shop. I recommend this place if you love flowers, gardens (this was the nicest botanical garden I've ever been to) or if you have young kids and want a nice environment for them to play in. (Check out the programs in advance, so you don't miss something really fun.) If it's a hot day, check out the beach at Barrett Park on Lobster Cove Road for a great (inlet) place for kids to swim.

Thank traveler111381
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is a diamond in the rough with all there is do in Maine. The gardens are pristine, well manged and just beautiful.

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

The only regret was that I did not have more time to spend in this spectacular botanical garden.

The Children's Garden is two acres of woodland, flower gardens, and ponds built around themes from Maine's authors of some of the most popular children's books - many of which we had read to our young daughters including one of our favorites -' Blueberries for Sal.' A children's garden should provoke wonder, discovery, and hours of fun and this garden does not disappoint.

If you happen to stop by in your suit or dress then start with the Great Lawn garden, a pastoral landscape that features a fantastic moving sculpture and the Whale Rock, a massive stone emerging from the ground like a whale surfacing for air. This rock is actually schist formed by layers of sediment in the deep ocean millions of years ago. The way the garden incorporates rocks like this has inspired me to feature more in my own garden.

If you arrive ready for a hike then the Shoreland trail is a must with hit three miles of footpaths with a mile of that along the waterfront. This trail mostly showcases the indigenous species and beauty of Maine's coastal forests.

Of course there is much more like the Meditation garden, the hillside garden, the woodland garden, the rhododendron garden, the forest pond, the rose garden , the five senses gardens, and more.

A great visitor center and tea room for lunch - what else do you need? Oh, how about green living roofs or the solar powered service and educational barn! Be ready to be inspired!

1  Thank Dave B
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